Constitution of Local St. Louis of the Social Democratic Party of America (Adopted August 5, 1900)
Published in The Missouri Socialist [St. Louis], vol. 1, no. 3 (Jan. 19, 1900), pg. 4.
Basic document of organizational law of the 210-member Local St. Louis of the Springfield SDP.
This document specifes the election of four officers by Local St. Louis and the division of the membership into geographic branches for propaganda work (there were a total of 7 of these early in 1901). Each branch elected an organizer who would sit with the officers of the Local on a "City Central Committee" to govern the affairs of the Local, subject to its instructions.
Dues were set at 25 cents per month, plus an addiitonal 10 cents a quarter to pay for an official publication. An order of business for the monthly general meetings of Local St. Louis is specified.
No provision is made for language-based branches, branches were constructed strictly on the basis of city voting wards. Branches were instructed to "devote their attention solely to propaganda and organization work in their respective localities."
Reprinted by 1000 Flowers Publishing, Corvallis, OR, January 2014. Non-commercial reproduction permitted.
Content public domain, published in the USA prior to 1923.